Breast cancer

04 March 2008

Why go for breast reconstruction?

After any form of breast cancer surgery, many women find the resultant breast asymmetry the most constant reminder of their cancer.

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After any form of breast cancer surgery, many women find the resultant breast asymmetry the most constant reminder of their cancer. The aim of breast reconstruction is to minimise the asymmetry.

Breast reconstruction may be necessary after a total or partial mastectomy.

In principle, symmetry may be acheived by modifying the noncancerous breast (reduction or enhancement) or by rebuilding the breast that had the breast cancer.

A reasonable reconstruction should allow a woman to feel symmetrical especially when dressed. It generally allows the woman to wear a swimsuit and proceed with general daily activities without having to worry about an external prosthesis.

 

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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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